Review: The Friend Zone – Abby Jimenez

Review: The Friend Zone – Abby JimenezThe Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Published by Forever
Published: June 11, 2019
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four-stars

Fall in love with this hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy that USA Today bestselling author LJ Shen calls "an absolute treat."
SheReads' "Most Anticipated Romance Books of 2019"

Kristen Petersen doesn't do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don't get her. She's also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.

Planning her best friend's wedding is bittersweet for Kristen -- especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He's funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he'd be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it's harder and harder to keep him at arm's length.

The Friend Zone will have you laughing one moment and grabbing for tissues the next as it tackles the realities of infertility and loss with wit, heart, and a lot of sass.


"Harnessing sass, heartfelt struggle, and unapologetic sexuality, Jimenez's debut is as hysterical as it is tear-jerking....Jimenez manages to fulfill all expectations for a romantic comedy while refusing to sacrifice nuance. Biting wit and laugh-out-loud moments take priority, but the novel remains subtle in its sentimentality and sneaks up on the reader with unanticipated depth." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I first heard about The Friend Zone over a year ago when a friend of mine got to read the manuscript. She couldn’t tell me anything about the book (it didn’t even have a title and was still in submission) but she told me she loved it so, so much and she hoped that everyone got to read it. Fast forward to now and I can say she was 100% right. The Friend Zone was awesome. It was the perfect balance of humor and emotional heartbreak and I’m so happy I got to read it.

The Friend Zone is the story of Kristen, a strong, funny, feisty woman that is facing the fact she is about to have a procedure done that will stop her from being able to have children. Being the good friend that she is, she puts aside all of that to help her best friend plan her wedding. Which means she will be working side by side with Josh, the best man. As Josh and Kristen get closer it becomes harder and harder for them to stay in the friend zone. The problem is, Josh wants kids and Kristen won’t be able to have them.

What I loved about this story, besides Josh and Kristen, was the fact that the author stared what it is like to be a woman right in the face. She didn’t shy away from the problems women can have when it comes to reproductive issues and how that can make a woman feel. Jimenez was raw, and truthful in her storytelling but also added so much humor into the mix it was a nice balance. There was one part, okay, more than one part, that shredded my emotions and I 100% didn’t see it coming, but again it felt like real life because the unexpected can and will happen.

In the end, The Friend Zone was everything I was hoping for in a book. It hit all the notes I wanted it to and more. I definitely recommend picking this one up.

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Reading and Wishing(1)

Every so often I get the itch to read about 14 books at a time. I am still in touch with reality enough to know this isn’t possible, but I usually wish it was. I’ll be reading some really great books and then I’ll get something new or someone will mention how much they loved a book and I will want to read that right then and there. It is a struggle…always…and I know there is nothing I can do about it. Well, minus tell you all about my struggle.

Welcome to my random feature Reading and Wishing. I’ll share with you what I’m currently reading and a few books I have in the back of my mind that I want to be reading. Does this mean I will read my ‘wishing’ books next? Probably not. But right now I wish I was.

Currently, I am reading 2 really great books that I am really excited about and loving:

No joke, it is a joy to pick these both up and get lost in the two very different worlds and stories. Love from A to Z is a book that I didn’t expect to love as much as I am right now, and Finale is everything I hope for and more. I’m pretty sure I will be sad when I finish them both but that doesn’t stop me from…

Every time I see The Friend Zone, Red, White and Royal Blue, Serious Moonlight and The Boy Next Story in my Twitter, Goodreads or Instagram feed I start wishing I was reading one of them too.

I own copies of all 4 of these books in either physical or digital versions and they toy with my emotions daily. I know I will get the read them eventually but it isn’t going to stop me from wishing.

So tell me, what are you reading and wishing on right now?

*Click on the covers to learn more about each book.

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